As 2016 ends, we wanted to reflect on some of our favorite moments from this year.
#6 - Latino Network Ballet Folklorico Featured in the Rose Festival!
Our youth dance group, Corazones Algres, was invited to participate in this Portland tradition. Youth rode on the float and danced along the route to the music of Edna Vazquez and her mariachis. Zumba Instructor Gisela Contreras led parents in Zumba along the way as well.
See more of our Rose Festival photos on our Facebook!
#5 - Juntos Aprendemos Expands and is Now in 10 Schools!
From starting in one school - Rigler Elementary - 16 years ago, Juntos Aprendemos sure has grown! As of this fall, they are serving:
- 250 children AND their parents/caregivers
- In 10 Schools
- Across 4 School Districts
Read more about Juntos Aprendemos’ impact
#4 Latino Leaders elected statewide & Measure 98 victory!
Latino Network has always been an advocacy organization and we continue to work to change policies and practices to ensure our communities are thriving.
This year, we celebrated the election of Latino & indigenous leaders statewide who will represent our communities, including a few Unid@s for Oregon graduates:
- Jessica Vega Pederson elected as Multnomah County Commissioner
- Melinda Veliz elected as Woodburn City Councilor, Ward I
- Teresa Alonso Leon elected as State Representative
- Diego Hernandez elected as State Representative
- Tawna Sanchez elected as State Representative (and the first Native American woman to serve in the Oregon Legislature!)
We also celebrated a victory for ballot measures Measure 98 and Yes for Affordable Homes! And this month, we celebrated the victory of Open and Accountable Elections passed by City Council to match small dollar campaign donations.
Read more about our advocacy victories here!
#3 - 100% of Escalera seniors graduate! And our school-based programs expand!
Congratulations to every one of our high school seniors in Escalera college prep program. They all worked so hard and successfully graduated in June! Today, they are all enrolled in college or apprenticeship programs, working toward their goals.
And with the help of Multnomah County Schools Uniting Neighborhood (SUN) Contract, we expanded our programs to serve more Latino youth & families.
See our full list of schools here.
#2 - Latino Network Awarded Far West Regional Affiliate of the Year
Read more about the reward we received at this year's NCLR conference in Orlando!
We could not do our work with all of you - as volunteers, donors, advocates, champions, and more! Thank you for working with us to make our Latino communities stronger and healthier.
United we move forward to achieve our goals in 2017.